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  • LACDC announces new loan program

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation announced a new program aimed at assisting local business improve the exterior of their buildings.
    The Façade Improvement loan program is available to any business in Los Alamos County located in a commercial zone, according to the LACDC.
    Loans are available in the amount of $500-$25,000 and charge zero percent interest.
    LACDC said it has made up to $100,000 a year available for the improvement program, in partnership with Los Alamos National Bank, which will provide loan administration.
    Façade improvements include either the entire façade or any part of it that is in need of repair, updating or replacement, including signage, lighting, storefronts (doors & windows), awnings, painting, stucco/plastering, sidewalks and necessary architectural and other professional services associated with the design and permitting of eligible improvements.
    Explicitly excluded from eligibility for this program is construction of new facilities or building interiors, additions or improvements to the side or back of buildings, although any side of a building that directly faces a street and is in the view of the general public may be considered for this program.

  • Plastic bags on the agenda tonight

    Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to hear a petition on a contentious citizens’ petition in its meeting tonight.
    The petition is requesting the council to pass a prohibition for retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags.
    The petition further asks council to mandate a 10-cent per bag fee on requested paper bags at those establishments.
    There have been some exchanges among locals on social media in recent weeks and there have been several letters to the editor in the Los Alamos Monitor about a potential ban on the bags.
    The Sierra Club has been a big proponent of banning plastic bags in the county, arguing they are harmful to the environment and usually end up either in landfills, or in cases, into oceans.
    A local group on Facebook, Save the Bag Los Alamos, is currently putting together a counter-petition to keep plastic bags in retail locations — the group counters, among other things, that the county is already very good at recycling the bags and a ban isn’t necessary.
    Tonight’s county council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

  • Lights Out

    The traffic signal at Central Avenue and 15th Street has been out since Monday and 4-way stop signs have been set up at the intersection. Issues arose, however, with installing the signal cabinet. A worker at the intersection said this morning that the signals should’ve been up and running by this afternoon.

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  • NanoDays Winds Down

    Visitors check out the exhibits during the final two days of NanoDays at the Bradbury Science Museum. The final day of NanoDays is today.

  • Update 4-12-15

    WR Master Plan

    The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the White Rock Visitor Center. There will be project updates on the White Rock library, White Rock Senior Center and Youth Activity Center remodel among other agenda items.

    Kiwanis Club

    Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder will speak on property evaluation and the appeal period at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled at noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Church.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will have its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LAPS administration board room.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have its next meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for April 19. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.


  • Martinez signs civil seizure bill

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took action on some 170 of about 190 bills passed during the 60-day legislative session by the noon Friday deadline.
    Her signature on a bill that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime was hailed by civil rights advocates as historic.
    Martinez wrote in her signing message that she understands the importance of putting safeguards to protect constitutional rights.
    "On balance, the changes made by this legislation improve the transparency and accountability of the forfeiture process and provide further protections to innocent property owners," she said.
    However, she also made clear she does not care for the term "policing for profit" used by backers to describe the legislation, calling it a catch phrase that "improperly questions (law enforcement officers') motives and disregards their desire to serve and protect."
    "It is also dangerous to discount the role that funds acquired through forfeitures have played in keeping our communities safe and in protecting our officers from harm," she added.
    Martinez vetoed more than a dozen bills outright and did not take action on about 20 others, which resulted in them being pocket vetoed.

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